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Hawaii Fishing News

Hawaii Fishing News April 2020

HAWAII FISHING NEWS brings it all to you! Sportfishing in Hawaii is year-round! Aptly titled by HAWAII FISHING NEWS in 1977, the "Blue Marlin Capital of the World." Hawaii offers six species of billfish plus yellowfin (ahi), skipjack (aku), dogtooth, bonito, albacore & bigeye tuna. Other species of offshore game fish include wahoo (ono), dolphin fish (mahimahi), great barracuda (kaku) & rainbow runner (kamanu,or Hawaiian salmon). Bottom fishing is also popular in Hawaii with good catches of snapper at depths of 10 to 100 fathoms. Inshore waters of Hawaii, with 700 miles of fishable shoreline, draw the most activity from anglers. Heavy-duty shore casting rigs allow anglers to tackle giant ulua (jacks) of up to 200 lbs as they prowl the reefs at night. Medium tackle and ultralight fishing clubs have sprung up in Hawaii as anglers have discovered the excitement of fishing for the many other species that make the reefs and sandy channels their homes. Freshwater enthusiasts are not to be denied as Hawaii has more varieties of freshwater game fish than most areas of the mainland; these include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, oscar, tucunare, channel catfish and rainbow trout. What all this adds up to? Hawaii is a great place to fish!

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1 min.
hawaii fishing news information

FISHING Hawaii Style, VOL I *......$33.00 A Guide to Saltwater Angling - This is a must have for Hawaii’s fishers. This collection of techniques and tips has proven to be invaluable to all saltwater anglers around the world. With over 400 illustrations, Volume I includes both the basics and secret methods that should be a common heritage for all anglers. FISHING Hawaii Style, VOL II.......$33.00 Find out how to catch game fish of the shoreline and deep seas, and even shrimp crab, lobster and squid. Includes detailed descriptions of surfcasting for ulua (slide-baiting and dunking), drifting sand bars for ‘o'io, locating and catching deep-water snapper, fighting big game fish on light and heavy tackle, catching tuna at night under light, trolling green sticks, making and using popping plugs, fishing from boards, jigging with…

2 min.
friends at a good fishing distance

Are these shorecasters practicing Social Distancing? Yes, but with no impact on their long term friendships or fishing style. Almost everyone catches something each morning, and they do it safely. They still help each other with long pole nets, plenty of advice and lots of laughter! Walton, Roy, Dennis and Allan meet almost daily at their secret spot. The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed these retired fishermen’s successful fishing ohana. Although, during the cold, windy early mornings last month, it was tempting but not wise to get closer than 6 feet for warmth and to block the wind. Instead, the car or truck was fine for that. We even shared a few jokes with our local DOCARE officer, who came by to check on us. Share With Those You Know More than ever before,…

18 min.
tail walking adventures - part 1 & 2

Part 1: The Solo Mission Where did the drive to catch a marlin from my boat, the SLAMMIN SALMON, come from? I purchased my first rigid inflatable boat from my buddy Jake when he was leaving the island, and I have been hooked on this style of boat ever since. I no longer have that boat. It was falling apart, so I purchased a brand-new 2019 Zodiac Cadet ALU 390 PVC boat in California and shipped it to Hawai‘i. With a 2016 20-hp Yamaha outboard, the SLAMMIN SALMON handles very well in rough conditions. On a calm day, I can easily travel 50 miles with 6 gallons of gas. However, I named the 12’11” boat for a reason: I’m going to take a little punishment if I “send” it. The idea of…

3 min.
fishing with mark white

Nothing can compare to fishing with good friends when the bite is hot. In the beginning of March, I had the opportunity to fish a private pond on Kaua‘i with my favorite lure maker, Mark White. The area was pristine, filled with native wildlife like nene geese and loaded with fish. I got to use an assortment of lures from Mark’s collection including wood poppers, ceramic bars and topwater lures. Watching the fish come up and attach themselves to the lures was amazing. As I reeled in the lure, a fin would appear behind it and the fish would strike violently. Being able to catch all three of the bass species we have in Hawai‘i in a single day was an amazing experience. Because peacock (tucanare), smallmouth and largemouth bass all live in…

11 min.

Non-Commercial Mandatory Fish Reports on Agenda It seems that the small-boat statewide scoping “talk story” pelagic fishery sessions held by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (the Council) were more than talk. For noncommercial of fshore fishermen, “talk story” translated into a proposal for mandatory fish reports. This likely means another push for annual fishing licenses and monthly reports. According to a Council press release, “The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council managers voted to explore mandatory permit and reporting requirements for the pelagic small-boat fishery in the waters three to 200 miles offshore Hawai‘i.” The Council said it “made its decision following a presentation of the findings of public scoping meetings held throughout the Hawaiian Islands.” A “mandatory report options paper” is on the agenda at the Council’s next meeting in…

3 min.
side snagged shibi

Recently, I captured my personal best shibi from my kayak. I packed up my kayak and truck on Friday night, set my alarm and went to sleep. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I looked at my phone and saw that it was 5:30 a.m. I texted my fishing partners and told them I was going to be late. I headed to the beach and got there just as my friends were about to launch. I hurried to set everything up and get out on the water. It was hard to find live ‘opelu; after about an hour, I found a school and dropped down my Damashi rigged with Campania Lures Bloodworms and brought up four ‘opelu. I decided to rig them up with Nitta Fishing Innovations Live Zip Ultras, and…